E 361K • English Drama to 1642
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This course offers an introduction to the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. We will read plays by various authors from Marlowe to Middleton, all with a thematic focus on various forms of social change.
MEMOS (90% of the overall grade). A number (five?) of three-page typed exercises called "memos" (of which you can omit or drop one without prejudice), on assigned topics dealing with issues raised in the lectures and discussions.
PARTICIPATION (10% of the overall grade). Class participation includes class attendance as well as office hour and e-mail conversation. You get three free absences. After that, penalties begin: 4 absences = 0.50 grade-point penalty on the course grade; 5 = 0.75; 6 = 1.00; 7 = 1.50, 8 = failure. Records will be kept by sign-in sheet. If you arrive late it's your responsibility to get signed in immediately after class; no alterations or corrections after class from your memory will be allowed. (Adjustment will be made for individual late enrollment.) I'll need timely documentation for excused absences; none will be accepted beyond two weeks after the absence.
Jonson, Sejanus, Manchester
Kyd, The Spanish Tragedy, Norton, 2nd ed.
Marlowe, Doctor Faustus and Other Plays, Oxford
Middleton, Five Plays, Penguin
Plays On Women, Manchester
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Oxford
Shakespeare, Othello, Cambridge
Webster, The White Devil and Other Plays